Giving Is Better than Receiving

June 17, 2020

Read Hebrews 13:15-16

Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.


Reflect

How do you strive to share what you have?

Even if we have 20/20 vision, most of us could use some divine “eye surgery.”

We know that our lives could—and should—be more Christ-like. We know that we’re supposed to look not only to our own interests, but to the interests of others (Philippians 2:4). And we usually feel convicted by Jesus’ words in Mark 12:31: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Yet all too often, our focus is on ourselves. Think about a typical day. Much of it is spent trying to make life work without God in the center. But we expect Him to cooperate with us—relating to us on our terms, revolving around our plans, solving problems so we can live the way we want to live. And while we may think our lives are humming along just fine, we are deceived. Gradually, choice by choice, a chasm between us and God grows wider and deeper.

Ready to let God do that divine “eye surgery”? Ask Him to refocus your vision. Ask Him to give you a heart for others—showing you that giving is better than receiving.


Pray

Lord, help me to be sensitive to the needs around me. Help me to stay tuned into my family and friends ... and to do good in their lives, sharing what I have. Amen.

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I think giving is a two way street. I notice that the older I get, the Tougher it is to be on the receiving end of kindness. I have learned that IF I REFUSE to be on the receiving end of a kindness, I STEAL the BLESSING of Giving from the giver. We are not supposed to STEAL!
Lord help me to be a giver please,let giving take over me Lord.
God want from me The continue sacrifice of praising him with the fruit of my lips.
I know I can only pray that others Repent and receive Jesus Christ as their Lord before I can really share with them. Praying now, that this be so for those around me and those in my family. Thank you for this devotion.
God give me heart for others
Lord God, You are more than a friend. You are my amazing confidant, Savior and Lord. I admit with shame, that I do not live my life consistently the way you want me to. I seem to go my way much more than Your way and I am selfish when I should be generous. I fall so short of what your plan is for my life. On a daily basis I sin the same sin, making the same promises over and over only to break them. I want only to please You and honor You, yet I tend to wander off the path. Will you forgive me as Your Word says; "If we confess our sins You are faithful and just to forgive my sins and cleans me from all unrighteousness." I thank You so much for your mercy. With our Your mercy I am lost. Praise You for Your goodness and grace, Heavenly Father. Help me today to be consistent, to walk in close communion with you, to serve others and to give generously of my time. I love You Lord and help me honor You as Lord and King of my life today, In Your Holy, Righteous Name Jesus, Amen
Father God ! Forgive me for falling in my walk with you! I have not been a good witness and friend to my brothers and sisters in Christ! I confess my sins and inequalities to you ! Thank You in Jesus name I pray!Amen ✝️🙏🇺🇸
Lord help me to grow stronger with you every day. Amen
DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER;JESUS YES NEED THAT DIVINE SURGERY;ALL THE DIVINE YOU HAVE FOR ME & ALL MY FAMILY;2 DAUGHTERS;ETC@
DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER;JESUS PLEASE I NEED THAT 20/20 VISION OF YOUR EYES ;AND PRAY FOR ME A BILLION DOLLLARS TO HELP YOUR PEOPLE AROUND ME;THANKYOUJESUS!@1ONLY YOU CAN DO THIS;JEHOVAH GOD ACCORDING IN YOUR WILL;THANKYOUJESUS!@1YOUALLINEED!@1
Father, I thank you for the great opportunity in helping an elderly lady with her recent mulch purchase this morning (12 bags). You are awesome, Lord! Bob
Lord, help me to be my "brothers" keeper.
Father help me to maintain my focus on You always amen
Father I pray for insight into your words. As I read help me to fully understand your words. Give me decernment. In Jesus name. Amen
Seek first the kingdom of God is putting Jesus in the center of your thoughts. He will open your eyes to help in ways that will surprise you but so joyful and helpful. Jesus is amazing when you put him first. Amen
Thank you for the reminder. This is such a great daily devotional. I can and have easily fell into trying to do things for myself, when I should have God first.
Father.fill me with your HOLY SPIRIT